What is AskFSIS?

FSIS launched AskFSIS in August 2007. AskFSIS is an interactive Web-based application designed to help answer technical and policy-related questions from inspection program personnel, industry, consumer groups, other stakeholders, and the public. Answers from askFSIS are official responses from the Agency and carry regulatory authority. Response times generally range from 1-3 days for something regulatory and minor, up to several weeks, if the question is regarding food safety. AskFSIS will elevate your question to the proper authority until it is answered.

AskFSIS also contains a knowledge base of questions and answers that is searchable and allows visitors to seek answers related to such diverse topics as:

  • Importing / Exporting
  • Labeling
  • Inspection-related policies, programs, and procedures
  • Regulatory Interpretation
  • Corrective Actions
  • Explanations of 9 CFR and 21 CFR

You can search that database here.


AskFSIS Intake Form

If you’re having trouble finding policy information through askFSIS call the FSIS Policy Development Division at 1-800-233-3935 or the FSIS Small Plant Help Desk at 1-877-FSIS-HELP (877-374-7435).

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